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Album Review: Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16, 1980-1985 by Bob Dylan
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From a creative era that even Bob Dylan himself has suggested was fraught with self-doubt and a sense that all mastery of his craft was lost, we receive this remarkable treasure trove that demonstrates how hungry and impassioned he really was. It's a journey that begins with lovely, fun covers via studio band warm-ups, and reimagined versions of his own songs, perhaps just to draw heat from the incandescent spark of his past, followed by side-trips that yielded some of the greatest songs he ever wrote, some of which never even made it on to the most uneven albums of his career. Mixed-up confusion, for sure.
Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series has built into a universe of its own. A place of possibilities refused and ideas left on the cutting room floor, it swaps Highway 61 for the road less travelled - and that makes all the difference. 'Springtime In New York' caught attention on its announce earlier this year, primarily because it covers such a divisive period in Dylan's work.